Philip Baxter
Philip Baxter

VAN WERT — Philip Baxter has filed his petition to run for Van Wert County Auditor. Baxter plans to bring a fresh perspective to the Auditor’s position with his education and business experience.

Baxter was born and raised in Van Wert County and graduated from Parkway High School in 1986. He attended ITT Technical Institute and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering in 1989. Interested in furthering his education, he later attended Wright State University, finishing in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Associate degrees in Business Administration and History. Baxter has continued his education by taking classes in areas of Human Resource Management, OSHA record keeping compliance and job safety analysis.

He has worked in areas of customer service, account management, supervision, sales, business management and engineering for companies such as Crown, Eaton, and Smith Brothers Furniture. While working for a company located in Van Wert, he used his can-do attitude and problem-solving skills to successfully reorganize operations. He was able to turn their business around, improving their operations and moved the company from one running in the red, to one that was profitable.

In his spare time, Baxter enjoys woodworking. His creativity and woodworking skills led him down a path in which he applied for and was granted licensure with the Trademark & Licensing Departments of The Ohio State University and Indiana University. The contracts were renewable every year contingent on the proper quarterly filings. He held licensure for six years and he has not reapplied.

Baxter has been a member of the Republican Central Committee of Van Wert County since 2010 and currently serves as treasurer where he ensures that the committee’s finance reporting is compliant with the Ohio State Auditor’s office and is involved with organizing the GOP fair booth efforts for the Van Wert County Fair. He was very active in the last presidential election; reaching out to the community, going door to door and encouraging citizens to get out and vote.

“Some people and some foreign nations would have you believe that your vote doesn’t count," said Baxter. "If we start believing in that notion, and we simply give up and not vote, where will this lead us as a people? As a nation? We can’t just give up and not vote! I believe in and support the democratic process. Everyone’s vote matters!”

Baxter volunteers as a member of the Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund, which has recently celebrated a benchmark of reaching $1,000,000 in donations to worthwhile community causes. He is a member of Zion Lutheran Church where he has held several positions. He also serves the local community by being a member with the Van Wert County Township Association, Sons of the American Legion-Willshire, the Moose Lodge and the Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio.

Baxter likes to support the local communities. Listed are a few events that he will be attending, meeting people and fielding questions: Scott Lion’s Club breakfast on March 3 from 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. (arrival: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.), Willshire Lion’s Club breakfast hosted at the American Legion in Willshire on March 10 from 6 - 11 a.m. (arrival: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.), Venedocia Lions Club breakfast on March 17 from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. (arrival: 7 - 9 a.m.), Wren Fire and EMS breakfast on March 17 from 7 - 11 a.m. (arrival: 9:30 - 11 a.m.), Ohio City Fire and EMS breakfast on April 7 from 6 a.m. to noon (arrival: 7 - 9 a.m.), Fox Family Ride for Autism hosted at the community building in Rockford on June 16 with sign up at 10 a.m.

Disclaimer: The organizations putting on the above mentioned events do not endorse any political party or candidate.

Baxter resides in Van Wert County with his wife, Melissa, where he is a free-lance engineer and serves as a substitute teacher throughout Van Wert County Public Schools.